By finishing third on the Cyprus Rally, Markko Martin has brought Peugeot eight precious points for the manufacturers championship and added six points to his own personal tally. This has allowed the Estonian to climb to second place in the...
By finishing third on the Cyprus Rally, Markko Martin has brought Peugeot eight precious points for the manufacturers championship and added six points to his own personal tally. This has allowed the Estonian to climb to second place in the drivers championship, a position he holds jointly with Subaru's Petter Solberg.
After two days that proved to be extremely challenging for man and machine, most crews concentrated on reaching the finish during the final leg of Rally Cyprus. Markko Martin however decided to attack in order to take the final podium place from Ford Focus driver Henning Solberg. The Peugeot 307 WRC started its charge on the first loop of three stages this morning, with Martin taking his third podium place of the year following those gained in Sweden and Mexico. His fast but consistent drive has allowed him to climb to second in the drivers championship.
Markko Martin: "I knew that if I wanted to be on the podium I had to push hard today. It was quite difficult, because I did not want to take any risks with the manufacturer points I already had in the bag for Peugeot. Luckily we were able to do it, after what has been a very difficult rally for us. We lost a lot of time on the first day, but I knew that if we stayed out of trouble we would be able to get a good result. The car has been perfect, and with every rally I feel a bit more comfortable with it."
Jean-Pierre Nicolas: "This has been an extremely tough rally where the key objective was to bring the cars home, in view of the exceptionally rough surfaces. Markko is still looking for the ideal set-up on his car, but despite that he has driven a remarkably consistent rally and earned us eight more manufacturer points. This means that Peugeot now leads Citroen by nine points, Ford by 18 points and Subaru by 24 points. We are keen to find out the specific cause of the problem that led to the timing belt on Marcus Gronholm's car breaking, and next week we will also be testing to try out different set-ups that might suit Markko Martin."